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Alternatives to Swagger UI

Postman, Apiary, jsdoc, Gitbook, and Docusaurus are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Swagger UI.
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What is Swagger UI and what are its top alternatives?

Swagger UI is a dependency-free collection of HTML, Javascript, and CSS assets that dynamically generate beautiful documentation and sandbox from a Swagger-compliant API
Swagger UI is a tool in the Documentation as a Service & Tools category of a tech stack.
Swagger UI is an open source tool with 22.4K GitHub stars and 8.4K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Swagger UI's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Swagger UI

  • Postman
    Postman

    It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide. ...

  • Apiary
    Apiary

    It takes more than a simple HTML page to thrill your API users. The right tools take weeks of development. Weeks that apiary.io saves. ...

  • jsdoc
    jsdoc

    JSDoc 3 is an API documentation generator for JavaScript, similar to JavaDoc or PHPDoc. You add documentation comments directly to your source code, right along side the code itself. The JSDoc Tool will scan your source code, and generate a complete HTML documentation website for you. ...

  • Gitbook
    Gitbook

    It is a modern documentation platform where teams can document everything from products, to APIs and internal knowledge-bases. It is a place to think and track ideas for you & your team. ...

  • Docusaurus
    Docusaurus

    Docusaurus is a project for easily building, deploying, and maintaining open source project websites. ...

  • ReadMe.io
    ReadMe.io

    It is an easy-to-use tool to help you build out documentation! Each documentation site that you publish is a project where there is space for documentation, interactive API reference guides, a changelog, and much more. ...

  • Read the Docs
    Read the Docs

    It hosts documentation, making it fully searchable and easy to find. You can import your docs using any major version control system, including Mercurial, Git, Subversion, and Bazaar. ...

  • Slate
    Slate

    Slate helps you create beautiful API documentation. Think of it as an intelligent, responsive documentation template for your API. ...

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Postman

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PROS OF POSTMAN
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    Easy to use
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    Great tool
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    Makes developing rest api's easy peasy
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    Easy setup, looks good
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    The best api workflow out there
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    It's the best
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    History feature
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    Adds real value to my workflow
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    Great interface that magically predicts your needs
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    The best in class app
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    Can save and share script
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    Fully featured without looking cluttered
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    Collections
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    Option to run scrips
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    Global/Environment Variables
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    Dead simple and useful. Excellent
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    Shareable Collections
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    Dark theme easy on the eyes
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    Awesome customer support
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    Great integration with newman
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    Simple
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    The test script is useful
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    Documentation
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    Easy as pie
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    Saves responses
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    Makes testing API's as easy as 1,2,3
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    This has simplified my testing significantly
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    API-network
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    I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis
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    Mocking API calls with predefined response
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    Easy to setup, test and provides test storage
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    Graph
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    Postman Runner CI Integration
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    Now supports GraphQL
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    Continuous integration using newman
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    Pre-request Script and Test attributes are invaluable
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    <a href="http://fixbit.com/">useful tool</a>
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    Runner
CONS OF POSTMAN
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    Stores credentials in HTTP
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    Poor GraphQL support
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    Bloated features and UI
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    Cumbersome to switch authentication tokens
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    Expensive
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    Not free after 5 users
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    Can't prompt for per-request variables
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    Support websocket
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    Import curl
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Noah Zoschke
Engineering Manager at Segment · | 30 upvotes · 2.3M views

We just launched the Segment Config API (try it out for yourself here) — a set of public REST APIs that enable you to manage your Segment configuration. A public API is only as good as its #documentation. For the API reference doc we are using Postman.

Postman is an “API development environment”. You download the desktop app, and build API requests by URL and payload. Over time you can build up a set of requests and organize them into a “Postman Collection”. You can generalize a collection with “collection variables”. This allows you to parameterize things like username, password and workspace_name so a user can fill their own values in before making an API call. This makes it possible to use Postman for one-off API tasks instead of writing code.

Then you can add Markdown content to the entire collection, a folder of related methods, and/or every API method to explain how the APIs work. You can publish a collection and easily share it with a URL.

This turns Postman from a personal #API utility to full-blown public interactive API documentation. The result is a great looking web page with all the API calls, docs and sample requests and responses in one place. Check out the results here.

Postman’s powers don’t end here. You can automate Postman with “test scripts” and have it periodically run a collection scripts as “monitors”. We now have #QA around all the APIs in public docs to make sure they are always correct

Along the way we tried other techniques for documenting APIs like ReadMe.io or Swagger UI. These required a lot of effort to customize.

Writing and maintaining a Postman collection takes some work, but the resulting documentation site, interactivity and API testing tools are well worth it.

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Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 26 upvotes · 2.9M views

Our whole Node.js backend stack consists of the following tools:

  • Lerna as a tool for multi package and multi repository management
  • npm as package manager
  • NestJS as Node.js framework
  • TypeScript as programming language
  • ExpressJS as web server
  • Swagger UI for visualizing and interacting with the API’s resources
  • Postman as a tool for API development
  • TypeORM as object relational mapping layer
  • JSON Web Token for access token management

The main reason we have chosen Node.js over PHP is related to the following artifacts:

  • Made for the web and widely in use: Node.js is a software platform for developing server-side network services. Well-known projects that rely on Node.js include the blogging software Ghost, the project management tool Trello and the operating system WebOS. Node.js requires the JavaScript runtime environment V8, which was specially developed by Google for the popular Chrome browser. This guarantees a very resource-saving architecture, which qualifies Node.js especially for the operation of a web server. Ryan Dahl, the developer of Node.js, released the first stable version on May 27, 2009. He developed Node.js out of dissatisfaction with the possibilities that JavaScript offered at the time. The basic functionality of Node.js has been mapped with JavaScript since the first version, which can be expanded with a large number of different modules. The current package managers (npm or Yarn) for Node.js know more than 1,000,000 of these modules.
  • Fast server-side solutions: Node.js adopts the JavaScript "event-loop" to create non-blocking I/O applications that conveniently serve simultaneous events. With the standard available asynchronous processing within JavaScript/TypeScript, highly scalable, server-side solutions can be realized. The efficient use of the CPU and the RAM is maximized and more simultaneous requests can be processed than with conventional multi-thread servers.
  • A language along the entire stack: Widely used frameworks such as React or AngularJS or Vue.js, which we prefer, are written in JavaScript/TypeScript. If Node.js is now used on the server side, you can use all the advantages of a uniform script language throughout the entire application development. The same language in the back- and frontend simplifies the maintenance of the application and also the coordination within the development team.
  • Flexibility: Node.js sets very few strict dependencies, rules and guidelines and thus grants a high degree of flexibility in application development. There are no strict conventions so that the appropriate architecture, design structures, modules and features can be freely selected for the development.
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Apiary

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    Easy to use
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    Free to use
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    Traffic inspector
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    Free
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    Collaboration
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    Mock API
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    Dashboard
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    Customization
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    30 Days Trial
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    Access Control
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    Documentation
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    Validate API Documentation
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    API explorer
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    Clean syntax
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    Provisioning
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    Shared API blueprint templates
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    Github integration helps with collaboration
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    Code auto-generation
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      Far less verbose
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      Simpler type safe than TypeScript
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      No compiler needed
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      Does almost everything TS does
    CONS OF JSDOC
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      Gitbook

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      PROS OF GITBOOK
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        Prueba
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        Integrated high-quality editor
      CONS OF GITBOOK
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        No longer Git or Open
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        Just sync with GitHub

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      Docusaurus

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      PROS OF DOCUSAURUS
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        Open Source
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        Easy customization
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        Jamstack
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        MDX
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        React
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        Free to use
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        I18n
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        Versioning
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        ReadMe.io

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          Great UI
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          Easy
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          Customizable
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          Cute mascot
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          Looks great and is fun to use
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          It's friggin awesome
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          Make sample API calls inside the docs
        CONS OF README.IO
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          Support is awful
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          No backup and restore capability
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          Document structure is severely restricted
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          Full of bugs
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          Important parts of the CSS are locked
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          No notifications of edits by other users
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          Supports only two documents plus a blog
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          Does not support pre-request scripts
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          Random pages display content of other pages instead
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          Review and comment functionality is hard to work with
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          Navigation in user-facing copy is spotty
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          All admins have full editing rights

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        Noah Zoschke
        Engineering Manager at Segment · | 30 upvotes · 2.3M views

        We just launched the Segment Config API (try it out for yourself here) — a set of public REST APIs that enable you to manage your Segment configuration. A public API is only as good as its #documentation. For the API reference doc we are using Postman.

        Postman is an “API development environment”. You download the desktop app, and build API requests by URL and payload. Over time you can build up a set of requests and organize them into a “Postman Collection”. You can generalize a collection with “collection variables”. This allows you to parameterize things like username, password and workspace_name so a user can fill their own values in before making an API call. This makes it possible to use Postman for one-off API tasks instead of writing code.

        Then you can add Markdown content to the entire collection, a folder of related methods, and/or every API method to explain how the APIs work. You can publish a collection and easily share it with a URL.

        This turns Postman from a personal #API utility to full-blown public interactive API documentation. The result is a great looking web page with all the API calls, docs and sample requests and responses in one place. Check out the results here.

        Postman’s powers don’t end here. You can automate Postman with “test scripts” and have it periodically run a collection scripts as “monitors”. We now have #QA around all the APIs in public docs to make sure they are always correct

        Along the way we tried other techniques for documenting APIs like ReadMe.io or Swagger UI. These required a lot of effort to customize.

        Writing and maintaining a Postman collection takes some work, but the resulting documentation site, interactivity and API testing tools are well worth it.

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        Todd Gardner

        We recently needed to rebuild our documentation site, currently built using Jekyll hosted on GitHub Pages. We wanted to update the content and refresh the style to make it easier to find answers.

        We considered hosted services that could accept our markdown content, like ReadMe.io and Read the Docs, however both seemed expensive for essentially hosting the same platform we already had for free.

        I also looked at the Gatsby Static Site generator to modernize Jekyll. I don't think this is a fit, as our documentation is relatively simple and relies heavily on Markdown. Jekyll excels at Markdown, while Gatsby seemed to struggle with it.

        We chose to stick with the current platform and just refresh our template and style with some add-on JavaScript.

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        Read the Docs

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        PROS OF READ THE DOCS
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          GitHub integration
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          Free for public repos
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          Automated Builds
        CONS OF READ THE DOCS
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          Todd Gardner

          We recently needed to rebuild our documentation site, currently built using Jekyll hosted on GitHub Pages. We wanted to update the content and refresh the style to make it easier to find answers.

          We considered hosted services that could accept our markdown content, like ReadMe.io and Read the Docs, however both seemed expensive for essentially hosting the same platform we already had for free.

          I also looked at the Gatsby Static Site generator to modernize Jekyll. I don't think this is a fit, as our documentation is relatively simple and relies heavily on Markdown. Jekyll excels at Markdown, while Gatsby seemed to struggle with it.

          We chose to stick with the current platform and just refresh our template and style with some add-on JavaScript.

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          Slate logo

          Slate

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          Beautiful static documentation for your API, inspired by Stripe's and Paypal's API docs
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          PROS OF SLATE
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            Easy setup
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            Simple to Use
          CONS OF SLATE
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            JavaScript Node.js hapi Vue.js Swagger UI Slate

            Two weeks ago we released the public API for Checkly. We already had an API that was serving our frontend Vue.js app. We decided to create an new set of API endpoints and not reuse the already existing one. The blog post linked below details what parts we needed to refactor, what parts we added and how we handled generating API documentation. More specifically, the post dives into:

            • Refactoring the existing Hapi.js based API
            • API key based authentication
            • Refactoring models with Objection.js
            • Validating plan limits
            • Generating Swagger & Slate based documentation
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